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Today’s Deep Space Extra

12 Nov 2019, 15:22 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The first all-female spacewalking duo, NASA’s Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, stress the importance of improving the fit of future garments required for exploration of the Moon and Mars as well as orbital pursuits. NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) achieves a development milestone. Plans for Earth orbiting mega small satellite constellations are raising concerns over an orbital debris threat.
Human Space Exploration
It’s tough being small in a big-suit world. We still spacewalkedWashington Post (11/11): On October 18, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir conducted the first two woman spacewalk as they replaced a faulty power controller outside the International Space Station (ISS). In an op-ed written from the Station, the two astronauts underscore the importance of properly sizing NASA’s next generation of space suits to accommodate the widest range of astronauts possible. The new suit generation is to accommodate astronauts working on the surface of the Moon as well as in Earth orbit. The long running sizing issue of the current space suit surfaced in March, when NASA planned, then postponed the first all women spacewalk because one of two required vest like suit components could not be prepared in ...

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